The Regionalverband Ruhr (Ruhr Regional Association - RVR) is the regional hub of 11 cities and four districts of the Ruhr area, with its five million inhabitants. Its headquarters are in the City of Essen, at the heart of the Ruhr Metropolis.
In 2020, we celebrated the 100th birthday of the RVR. Its predecessor, the Ruhr Coal District Municipal Association, was founded in 1920.
With our specialist expertise in the environment and climate, we are making our region fit for the future.
We initiate decade projects such as the International Garden Exhibition.
The Ruhr Parliament makes decisions regarding the work of the Ruhr Regional Association.
We promote the diversity of cultural life in the Ruhr Metropolis.
Quality of life in the Ruhr area includes an attractive leisure infrastructure.
With the “City of Cities” campaign, the Ruhr Metropolis promotes the location at the heart of Europe.
We are currently developing a new spatial vision for the future of land use in the Ruhr area – the Ruhr Regional Plan.
Ideas for the mobility of the future and specific local road construction projects – we do both.
We are the experts. Since 1920, the RVR has been supporting the development of the Ruhr area.
In the field of European Affairs, the Ruhr Regional Association (RVR) follows a twofold mission.